Twelve years ago today, millions of people from Louisiana and Southern Mississippi took to the highways in advance of Hurricane Katrina, myself included. Many of those people would end up in Houston, a city that welcomed them with open arms. This weekend, the world watched as Houston and Gulf Coast Texas got hit by a storm that has left even the National Weather Service baffled by its severity. It’s a disaster that is far, far from over. Currently, the storm is over the Gulf again, “slowly intensifying.”
Humana helps with Harvey relief
The Humana Foundation has donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross to support the delivery of aid and services to the region devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those who are right now feeling the devastating impact of this storm,” said Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard said in a news release. “We are concerned about the storm’s potential to do further damage, and we are committed to supporting local relief efforts and helping the communities in the hurricane’s path – an area that many Humana members, associates and health care provider partners call home.”
“The Humana Foundation honors the generosity and commitment of all volunteers and relief agencies,” said interim Humana Foundation Executive Director Pattie Dale Tye. “We hope this gift will aid in a swift response and help address the immediate and ongoing needs resulting from this overwhelming event.”
Louisvillians head to Texas
On Sunday night, the Kentucky Air National Guard flew to Houston; 18 airmen from the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron headed to Robert Gray Army Air Field at Fort Hood to help with storm relief.
Director of Operations Aaron Zamora told WLKY that they learned Friday morning that the deployment was likely coming.
“They’ve done some mission planning, and now they’re going to problem solve and save some lives while they are down there,” Zamora said.
“Opening up, you know, landing zones, small airports, setting up helicopter landing zones for other agencies to get in and pull people out,” Zamora said.
The Kentucky Air National Guard also helped out during Katrina in 2005.
According to WAVE3, 13 people from Louisville’s Red Cross drove emergency response vehicles to the region.
“As of Friday, we knew it was going to be very, very bad,” Jennifer Adrio, Kentucky Region CEO of the Red Cross said. “We were predicting at that point for it to be worse than Hurricane Matthew and possibly even worse than Hurricane Sandy.”
Louisville has rain today and possible thunderstorms and the same for tomorrow. According to NOAA, there is a possibility that Louisville will feel the remnants of Harvey late in the week, but only as, at worst, a tropical depression.